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SALON HOSTS SHELTER CLIENTS

Halo Salon & Spa in Winston-Salem hosted nine women from the Forsyth Family Services women’s shelter Sunday for their beauty day event. Owner Shanda Green said the spa tries to do a charity event every month as part of its outreach.

“Women are a primary source of business and everything, and also we want to be able to give back to the community,” she said. We know that they need these services, especially in the current state that they’re in. We felt that this type of day of beauty would help them feel nice and beautiful and everything.”

Many of the women had not had the opportunity to get their hair done since coming to the shelter and said the experience was important for gaining peace of mind.

“It’s such a release of stress just going through what I’ve been through in the last year and to be in a shelter and to have a child and to be pregnant,” a woman named Cantata said. To actually come and just relax for a day is just really rewarding.”

Another woman, Jessica, said she hadn’t gotten her hair done in two years and the announcement of the event sparked a great deal of excitement for women at the shelter.

“I don’t think any lady’s going to pass up a free day at the salon, or spa,” she said. “It means a lot because being in this situation you start to feel kind of down on yourself, maybe something’s wrong with you. And this is kind of a day to pamper yourself, feel better about yourself to

realize whatever you’ve been through, you’re better than that.”

Shelter staff member Christa Parsons said this is the first time a salon has partnered with them and said it means everything to the women there.

They’ve been ripped out of their home, away from their families on something that wasn’t their fault so to be able to provide a service to them that gives them a little self esteem so that they can go out and feel better about themselves, it just means everything to them,” she said.

Parsons said the shelter has partnered with several area clothing stores and Mary Kay consultants in the past. She hopes the shelter will be able to partner with salons more often.

“We would like to continue doing this because it’s really a great service to these women who otherwise probably couldn’t afford this on their own,” she said.

Halo will be hosting another event on November 24 where they will be giving haircuts for 50 percent off and donating all proceeds to The Children’s Home.

VIOLENT OFFENDERS GIVEN CHOICE

Twenty-two repeat violent offenders have agreed to appear before a gathering of community leaders and law enforcement officials for a shot at a second chance.

The Violent Crime Task Force, a partnership between the community and law enforcement, will hold its next “call-in” at 5:30 pm on Thursday at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1510 N. Church St.

The purpose of the call-in is to let past offenders know the community will not tolerate future violence and help is available if they choose to change their lives, according to the Greensboro Police Department.

The NC Department of Public Safety’s Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice sends letters of invitation to people who are at least 18 years of age, have been convicted of at least one violent felony offense, and have been arrested at least 10 times. Community representatives in attendance stress to offenders that violence and crime will no longer be tolerated and that they are united to make their neighborhoods safer.

Community representatives and other officials provide information on available resources, such as educational opportunities, jobs, etc., and hear the needs of the participants so they can better provide those resources.

Present at the call-in will be Lacy Colon, a re-entry specialist with the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, a nonprofit organization that offers employment training to offenders and other students. A former inmate himself, Colon inspires call-in participants to accept that changing their lifestyle is both possible and rewarding.

The first Violent Crimes Task Force call-in was held in February 2000. The multi-agency task force has sent its messages of no tolerance and support to 897 violent offenders since its inception. About 86 percent of those who appeared before the group did not commit another violent offense. !

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